Colleen Coble. Mermaid Moon. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2016.
I just saw Colleen Coble’s latest release, Mermaid Moon, at the library before my copy arrived from Thomas Nelson. While I haven’t read the previous book (The Inn at Ocean’s Edge) in the Sunset Cove series, the summary of the novel sounded interesting and worthwhile to try reading.
Mermaid Moon follows Mallory Davis as she attempts to pull her life back together after the death of her husband. Upon receiving a mysterious phone call from her father, Mallory rushes home to Mermaid Point, a place she has avoided for the past fifteen years. Her father’s death brings up the worst moments of Mallory’s past, as well as forcing her to encounter Kevin O’Connor, the game warden who once offered her a bright future. When Mallory receives threats on her life and that of her daughter, she must turn to Kevin and the townsfolk she once abandoned to discover the truth. As the killer returns, Mallory will have to unravel the mysterious circumstances of her own past in order to solve the crime spree sweeping the once-peaceful seaside community.
Mermaid Moon takes place in the same Maine community as The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, incorporating some characters from the earlier novel in the Sunset Cove series. Ms. Coble utilizes her particular brand of romantic suspense to draw her readers into the mysterious circumstances of Mallory’s parents’ deaths.
Overall, I thought that Mermaid Moon was an enjoyable book in the romantic suspense genre. While I have not read many of Ms. Coble’s contemporary works, I found the writing style and pacing to be consistent with her other books. Personally, I would describe the pacing of Ms. Coble’s writing as being somewhat slower and darker than other books that I typically read. However, she offers a well-developed storyline that depends upon a broad cast of characters to make for an intriguing overall novel. Additionally, Ms. Coble and Denise Hunter have created interconnected series (Sunset Cove and Summer Harbor), which both take place in the same area of Maine and involve a surprisingly number of connections between their characters. As I am also reading Ms. Hunter’s series, I am excited to see how these series continue to intersect!
Fans of Ms. Coble’s other works, especially The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, will definitely want to read Mermaid Moon. Readers who typically enjoy Christian fiction with romantic and suspense elements will also find the novel to be a worthwhile read. As a result of the genre of this book, the story has a darker tone than other contemporary Christian fiction works by such authors as Denise Hunter and Rachel Hauck.
The next book in the Sunset Cove series, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, will release on September 20, 2016!
Special thanks to Thomas Nelson and the Fiction Guild for the promotional copy of Mermaid Moon!
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